James Marsters

Actor, Singer
An attractive bleached blond California native, actor James Marsters honed his craft onstage, training and acting in productions in New York, Chicago and Seattle before hitting Hollywood in the mid-1990s and ... Read more »
Born: 08/19/1962 in Greenville, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (31)

Metal Hurlant Chronicles 2013 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Hawaii Five-O 2010 - 2011, 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Witches of East End 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Warehouse 13 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wedding Band 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Supernatural 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Three Inches 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Caprica 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Smallville 2005 - 2006, 2008, 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dragonball Evolution 2009 (Movie)

Lord Piccolo (Actor)

Lie to Me 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Numb3rs 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Star Wars: The Clone Wars 2008 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Capture of the Green River Killer 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Torchwood 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Without A Trace 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

P.S. I Love You 2007 (Movie)

John (Actor)

Saving Grace 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda 2000 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Angel 1999 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Mountain 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1997 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spider-Man 2003 (Tv Show)

Voice

Buffy's Back 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Strange Frequency 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The House on Haunted Hill 1999 (Movie)

Channel 3 Cameraman (Actor)

Moloney 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Cool Money (TV Show)

Actor

High Plains Invaders (TV Show)

Actor

Moonshot (TV Show)

Actor

Shadow Puppets (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

An attractive bleached blond California native, actor James Marsters honed his craft onstage, training and acting in productions in New York, Chicago and Seattle before hitting Hollywood in the mid-1990s and subsequently landing the breakthrough role of Spike in the popular supernatural series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer". The son of a social worker and former minister, Marsters pursued an acting career after high school, and attended nearby Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts as well as NYC's prestigious Juilliard. Rather than stay in NYC, Marsters made the move to Chicago, where he joined in the city's noted theater community, working in productions at the Goodman Theater and the Balliwick Repertory, later co-founding the Genesis Theater Company. A versatile and courageous actor, Marsters didn't shy away from roles that called for a dramatic nude entrance or required him to carry a six-hour epic, taking such assignments in Goodman's "The Tempest" and Balliwick's "Incorruptible", respectively. His drive led him to try other cities, and he ended up in Seattle, working with the American Conservatory Theater and landing guest roles on the series "Northern Exposure" (CBS) in 1992 and 1993.

Relationships

Paul Marsters

Brother
Born in March 1964

Susan Marsters

Sister
Born in January 1960

Patricia Rahman

Wife
Were engaged in May 2010 married on January 14, 2011

Liz Stauber Actor

Companion
Together from c. 1997 no longer together

EDUCATION

The Juilliard School

New York , New York

Grace M Davis High School

Modesto , California

Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts

Santa Maria , California 1980 - 1982

Milestones

2009

Portrayed the character 'Lord Piccolo' in the live-action film adaptation of "Dragonball Evolution"

2007

Joined the cast of the CBS drama "Without A Trace" in a recurring role as Detective Mars

2005

Had a recurring role on "Smallville" (WB) as Dr. Milton Fine (a.k.a. Brainiac) throughout the show's fifth season; will reprised role in the seventh season in 2008

2003

Lead singer for the rock band Ghost of the Robot; released their debut album Mad Brilliant in February

2000

Acted in and contributed music to the Blank Theater Company presentation "The Why"

2000

Showcased his musical talents with acoustic performances in rock clubs

1999

Had a cameo as a news cameraman in the thriller "The House on Haunted Hill"

1999

Reprised role of Spike as a recurring guest on the spin-off series "Angel" (WB)

1999

Acted in an episode of the Fox series "Millennium"

1997

Had a recurring role as villainous vampire Spike on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (WB); became a regular in season four

1994

Performed in the Contemporary Theater thriller "Voices in the Dark" in Seattle

1992

TV acting debut in "Northern Exposure" (CBS)

1990

Relocated to Seattle, acting with the American Conservatory Theater

1989

Directed the Genesis Theater production "Something Unspoken"

1987

First professional acting role was Ferdinand in "The Tempest" at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago

Moved to Los Angeles to pursue a film and television career

Co-founded the Genesis Theater Company in Chicago

Bonus Trivia

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James Marsters on his "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" character Spike's lack of psychological problems: "I'm a psychopath, but I don't have a problem with that." - quoted in TV Guide, July 25, 1998

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David Zak, artistic director of Chicago's Balliwick Repertory, on working with Marsters: "There was a hunger about James, a determination to really tackle ambitious projects, to not do the same old thing. And what was great about him was that he equally comfortable in the basement of Cafe Voltaire as he was on the Goodman mainstage. As long as he was excited about the project, the space didn't matter." - quoted in the Chicago Tribune, Feb. 11, 2000

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"I tend to like the spit, blood and fire." - Marsters on feeding off excitement rather than sedateness, in explaining why Chicago's theater scene was more rewarding than Seattle's, quoted in Chicago Tribune, Feb. 11, 2000

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Marster's Band is called "Ghost of the Robot"

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